Board of Trustees


Chris Earnest
Position 4
Term: May 2021 - May 2024

Chris Earnest and his wife Meredith have lived in the district since 2008. A consultant in areas of compensation and board related governance matters, Mr. Earnest runs the Houston office of the national firm of which he is a partner. He has been very active in the community, serving on the board of Post Oak Little League and as mentor to young married couples at Second Baptist Church.

Mr. Earnest graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in Law and Society and obtained his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Tulsa as well. He was a 4-year letterman on the football team for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Mr. Earnest and his wife have five children, four of whom are currently in Spring Branch ISD schools.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to represent the students of this great community we live in. I will work hard to make sure that we focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for all students in SBISD.”

Lisa Andrews Alpe
Vice President
Position 5
Term: May 2022 - May 2025

Lisa Andrews Alpe was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, and received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from South Texas College of Law and went to work as an Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  After 11 years as a prosecutor for Harris County, Lisa opened a private law practice.

Lisa is also an active member of the Spring Branch ISD community - as a member of two PTAs and MHS Booster Club.  After 5 years coaching youth sports teams in Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA), Lisa now enjoys watching games from the sidelines.

Lisa and her husband, Bruce, have three children who have all attended SBISD schools, one graduating in 2020 and the other two currently attending high school.  As a native Houstonian and 21 year resident in Spring Branch, Lisa takes great pride in the collaborative spirit in our community.

“Our children are our future and most precious resource.  I am committed to ensuring a quality education that will bring opportunity to every child in our district.”

John Perez
Position 6
Term: May 2022 - May 2025

John Perez and his wife Colette have lived in SBISD since 2001.  Their four children attended Wilchester Elementary and Memorial Middle before their days at Stratford High.  John is a licensed professional engineer who owns and runs the Cognascents Consulting Group, a process safety and asset integrity engineering company headquartered in Spring Branch.

John is a two-time graduate of Rice University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA.  He has dedicated much of his time as a volunteer to SBISD and beyond as HLS&R Livestock Committee Captain, Rice Engineering Alumni President, SBMSA coach, Spring Branch FFA Alumnus, Scoutmaster of Troop 598, active parishioner at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, and pro-bono adjunct lecturer at Rice University.

“I am honored and humbled to serve our district and advance its excellence.  There is greatness in every student and my goal as a Board Trustee is to help each student realize a path to success beyond SBISD – no matter their origin story.”

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Josef D. Klam
Position 1
Term: November 2020 - May 2023

Rev. Josef Klam is a third-generation resident of Spring Branch, and a graduate of Memorial High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas (UT), where he earned UT Baseball’s Longhorn Spirit Award for leadership with character. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Rev. Klam has been dedicated to advocating for and serving children and their families since joining the staff of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in 1997. His service in Spring Branch has included coaching, mentoring, and active participation as a volunteer on several Spring Branch ISD campuses. He has also participated on the district’s Financial Advisory and Strategic Planning committees, exploring implications and opportunities associated with SBISD’s District of Innovation status. Rev. Klam and his wife Amy live in Spring Valley and are raising three children. Their oldest two children graduated from Memorial High School. Their oldest is attending Houston Community College with their middle child attending Auburn University. Their youngest is currently attending Memorial High School.

"It is an incredible honor and privilege to serve all children, parents, teachers, and citizens of SBISD. In a rapidly changing culture, our school district has a unique opportunity to shape the way we prepare future generations while maintaining our historic expectation of excellence.”

Chris Gonzalez
Position 2
Term: November 2020 - May 2023

Chris Gonzalez earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University and holds two bachelor’s degrees from Baylor University in Waco. She has taught middle and high school history and has also worked in benefits and human resources at Hewitt Associates and Baker Hughes. She spent more than a decade in public schools, including as the marketing and public relations director for KIPP Houston Public Schools.

Mrs. Gonzalez currently provides education and marketing consultation and resides in Spring Branch with her husband and their four children, who all attend Spring Branch ISD schools.

"I believe that opportunity arises through education, and education is every child's gateway to the world of opportunities that await him or her."

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Minda Caesar
Position 3
Term: May 2021 - May 2024

Minda Caesar has been an active member of the Spring Branch ISD community since 2010. She has served on four PTAs, holding various roles including everything from legislative chair to various program chairs to shelving books.

Ms. Caesar serves on the Board of Directors for the Spring Branch Education Foundation, has been a member of the leadership team for Spring Branch Speaks, a grassroots advocacy group, served on the Council of PTAs for two years and served on Spring Branch ISD’s Family E3, Bond Advisory, and Strategic Planning committees.

She has been active in advocating on education issues in Austin, including organizing a busload of citizens to visit all legislators whose districts touch SBISD.

Mrs. Caesar and her husband, Bill, have four children — two currently attending Spring Branch ISD schools and two who are recent Spring Branch ISD graduates. She worked as an award-winning journalist before becoming an executive in a start-up software company and then a marketing executive for IBM. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Caroline H. Bennett
Position 7
Term: May 2022 - May 2025

Caroline H. Bennett has called Spring Branch home for more than 30 years. She graduated from Memorial High School then earned a B.S. in Family and Consumer Science at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Caroline was an educator in SBISD for 16 years at Shadow Oaks Elementary and Bunker Hill Elementary. She has served in a volunteer capacity for the district for more than 20 years in many areas including 5 years on CPTA Executive Board, PTA President of 2 schools, 9 years of CIT experience, DIT, and being a part of the task force that created the Share a Smile Customer Service Program. Caroline currently is the General Manager of Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA) overseeing the marketing and fundraising, community outreach and daily operations. She and her husband have two sons who attend Stratford High School and Memorial Middle School.

“I am honored to continue my service and leadership to the greater SBISD community as a trustee. My passion is working with people and communities to help find solutions to their needs. I want the best future possible for all students in SBISD by keeping the focus on education and building good character.”

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